When the Bass Player has a distortion pedal
Anyone here have any tips/tricks for tracking and/or mixing a bass player that likes to use distortion pedals.
I know, I know..the whole "get it to sound good in the room first".
Do most of you just do 2 different passes? Normal clean bass first, then make a new track for any distorted parts? Maybe have him play the distorted parts with the clean tone, and then double the bass with the distortion on?
In mixing, would you usually seperate the low/hi end with LP/HP filters?
My usual go to bass chain is a 421 on the cab, and an MXL Bass DI pedal, both run through Quad 8 MM61 preamps. Usually both (but sometimes just the DI) go through a CAD CGM-2 Champ compressor....mainly cause my only other option for outboard compression is a Langevin DVC, which I love, but hate for bass.
BTW, the music is kinda proggy in a way, slightly post punk, lots of 7/8, drummer has a double kick, etc.
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